noun, often attributive
out·​pa·​tient | \ ˈau̇t-ˌpā-shənt How to pronounce outpatient (audio) \

Definition of outpatient

: a patient who is not hospitalized overnight but who visits a hospital, clinic, or associated facility for diagnosis or treatment — compare inpatient

Examples of outpatient in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Urgent care outpatient centers are closed in Molalla and Canby, according to Helderop. oregonlive, "Some Willamette Valley health care systems close, evacuate, or shuffle patients due to wildfire smoke," 10 Sep. 2020 The cardiac stuff is happening mainly in companies whose core business is is ECG outpatient monitoring. Stat Staff, STAT, "Doctors are increasingly using remote monitoring technology, raising questions about inclusivity and usability," 10 Sep. 2020 Currently, outpatient surgery centers are concentrated in northern sections of the metro area. Laura Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Vascular surgeon plans to open South Side’s first accredited outpatient surgery center," 9 Sep. 2020 With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, CHR saw a 60% drop in the volume of people coming into its outpatient clinics over a two-week period. Michael Hamad, courant.com, "Connecticut nonprofits cutting staff, services in pandemic as revenue from services plunges despite uptick in contributions," 7 Sep. 2020 The system repurposed staff from its closed outpatient clinics, and recruited an additional 140 nurses from other locations. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, "Sent Home to Die," 2 Sep. 2020 In late 2019, UT Southwestern unveiled plans to anchor the redevelopment of RedBird, agreeing to lease an old Sears site and convert 150,000 square feet into an outpatient medical center. Dallas News, "UT Southwestern and Children’s Health to build first joint project in RedBird Mall," 27 Aug. 2020 Several Memorial Hermann outpatient facilities will close this week and are expected to reopen on Friday. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "These Houston-area hospitals, clinics are closing due to the potential threat from Hurricane Laura," 26 Aug. 2020 Kaiser also closed an outpatient medical center in Scotts Valley, near Santa Cruz, and sent patients to seek care at a Kaiser in San Jose. Catherine Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Wildfires force evacuations at Bay Area hospitals and nursing homes already strained from COVID-19," 21 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of outpatient

1715, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outpatient was in 1715

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15 Sep 2020

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“Outpatient.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outpatient. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce outpatient (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of outpatient

: a person who goes to a doctor's office or hospital for treatment but who does not spend the night there


out·​pa·​tient | \ ˈau̇t-ˌpā-shənt How to pronounce outpatient (audio) \

Medical Definition of outpatient

: a patient who is not hospitalized overnight but who visits a hospital, clinic, or associated facility for diagnosis or treatment — compare inpatient

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